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Thursday 30 June 2022
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Polyester Plate Lithography Workshop

9:30am-12:30pm Sunday 3 July 2022

Polyester Plate Lithography Workshop

$100-$120 | Includes Compact Prints registration
Polyester Plate Lithography Workshop

Jill O'Sullivan, Solitary, 2021, Poly-plate print, 12 x 12cm.

Join Umbrella and artist Jill O'Sullivan to produce your own edition of four poly-plate prints. This workshop is part of Umbrella's 2022 series which will enable participants to learn (or rediscover) basic printmaking techniques and produce artwork for Umbrella’s 11th Compact Prints International Exhibition, Auction and Exchange.

Utilising a special type of polyester plate, this short workshop offers a remarkable chemical free and lightweight lithographic approach to creating small images. Each participant will create their own unique image in a 12 x 12cm format with Sharpie permanent markers and Chine collé (printed collage) techniques. 

For each ticket purchased, the participant will receive:
- registration for Compact Prints ($25AU)
- high-quality printmaking paper to produce four prints (and additional paper for misprints)
- the option to submit their best / favourite three prints to Compact Prints and one print for the artist to keep
- a 12 x 12cm polyester plate
- Chine collé paper
- the use of Umbrella’s lino-cutting tools, benches, printing presses and non-toxic inks and cleaning materials
- complimentary morning tea

Participants are required to wear covered footwear and are encouraged to bring their own line drawings (as a 12 x 12cm or smaller design) and / or reference materials and sketches. These sketches can be transferred to the plate or drawn directly onto the plate prior to printing. 

Participants can purchase additional high-quality paper from Umbrella on the day, however time restrictions may not allow for more than four prints per person. All other materials will be provided. While led by Jill, the workshop will also be supported by experienced printmakers from the Umbrella Makerspace Access Group (UMAG). The workshop is suitable for all levels of creative experience.

Limited to 10 spaces (ages 18+) | Bookings deadline extended to 9:30am Sunday 3 July 2022 | If you have already paid your Compact Prints registration fee (or if you don’t wish to enter Compact Prints) but would like to attend this workshop, please contact us for a $25 discount code. | This workshop will take place in Umbrella’s downstairs Makerspace at 408 Flinders St (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths). Visitors must comply with Umbrella’s COVID-19 Safety Plan and directives.

Jill O'Sullivan and Pierce Eldridge in Umbrella’s studio.

Dr. Jill O’Sullivan has been an active artist since the late 1980s, and has completed a PhD Creative Arts, Master of Creative Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Grad. Certificate of Tertiary Teaching. She has undertaken artist residencies in Wales, China and numerous Australian arts organisations and schools. The artist was a founding member of the Umbrella Studio Access Group (now Umbrella Makerspace Access Group) and despite relocating to Brisbane is still an active member when in Townsville. Jill has also lectured and tutored printmaking, fine art practice, drawing, project and concept development, painting, conservation and framing. Since 2014 she has been a committee member for the Print Council of Australia.

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408 Flinders Street,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.


Umbrella acknowledges the financial support of: the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Townsville City Council is proud to support Umbrella's Makerspace operations under its Community Grants program.